Late Tuesday, Lubomir Visnovsky’s agent confirmed via Twitter that his client would be returning to the New York Islanders after tending to “personal reasons” that have kept him from coming to North America.
Those personal reasons, it turns out, are related to Visnovsky’s son.
The 36-year-old defenseman confirmed to pluska.sk that his son has “health issues.” Fortunately, he says the issues aren’t very serious, but they will still take some time to resolve.
Visnovsky was hoping to play the entire season in his native Slovakia with his hometown team Bratislava; however, his request was rejected due to an agreement between the KHL and NHL that says each league must honor the other’s contracts.
Visnovsky is signed with the Islanders through the end of the season.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.